CALGARY, FEB. 23 -- Canada will meet the Soviet Union Wednesday night in the first prime-time game in the medal round of the Olympic hockey tournament, but the head of sports for Canadian Television was not at all pleased with the final schedule released today by the Calgary Olympic Organizing Committee.

Johnny Esaw, vice president of sports for CTV, was angry about a 10:30 a.m. (MST) Canadian game against West Germany on Friday, and not at all pleased with a Saturday 1 p.m. start for Canada against Czechoslovakia.

"If we beat the Russians on Wednesday night, don't you think North Americans will be fairly interested in our game against West Germany?" Esaw said today following a news conference to announce the schedule. "I got one prime-time game; ABC had a prime-time game {with the U.S. team} every night. . . . How can I be happy playing at 10:30 Friday morning?"

The release of the schedule touched off criticism locally, mostly because the organizing committee had previously released an unofficial schedule that had contained different information. Earlier schedules indicated that Canada would face West Germany, Sweden would play the Soviet Union and Finland would meet Czechoslovakia in the first round. Instead, Sweden will play Czechoslovakia in the opening game at 10:30 a.m., followed by Finland-West Germany in the afternoon and Canada-Soviet Union at night.

OCO officials apologized for the error, and conceded the Canada-Soviet Union game had been scheduled with some input from television executives from CTV and ABC.

Soviets Say 'Spasibo'

The Calgary suburb of Okotoks got an encore performance over the weekend from three of the top four pairs figure skating competitors.

The three pairs from the Soviet Union, including gold medalists Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, had stayed and trained in Okotoks before the Games began and allowed the locals to watch them practice.

To say thanks, the Soviets offered two farewell performances at the town's 1,500-seat rink. Tickets were $2 for the one-hour shows and the Soviet skaters suggested that the proceeds be used to by a new ice-surfacing machine.